tripletail

tripletail

[trip-uhl-teyl]
noun
1.
a large food fish, Lobotes surinamensis, inhabiting the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, having the lobes of its dorsal and anal fins extending backward and, with the caudal fin, suggesting a three-lobed tail.
2.
any similar fishes of the genus Lobotes, of the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Origin:
1795–1805; triple + tail1

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tripletail (ˈtrɪpəlˌteɪl)
 
n , pl -tail, -tails
any percoid fish of the family Lobotidae, esp Lobotes surinamensis, of brackish waters of SE Asia, having tail-like dorsal and anal fins

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tripletail

any of four species of fishes constituting the family Lobotidae (order Perciformes). The family contains two genera (Lobotes and Datnioides), with members of the first genus found in tropical or warm temperate marine waters and those of the second found in brackish or freshwater environments. The name tripletail refers specifically to Lobotes surinamensis, the largest species in the family, which reaches a length of 1 m (3 feet) and is found worldwide.

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